Plenary Speakers

NanoBioMat 2024 – Summer Session

Mircea DINCA

Prof. Mircea Dincă
W. M. Keck Professor of Energy and Professor of Chemistry
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Chemistry

Mircea Dincă was born in Făgăraş, a small Transylvanian town in central Romania. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from Princeton University in 2003, and did his graduate work at UC Berkeley, where he obtained a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry in 2008. After a two-year stint as a postdoctoral associate working on heterogeneous electrocatalytic water splitting at MIT, he became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at MIT in July 2010. Promoted to Associate Professor in 2015 and to Professor of Chemistry in 2020, he currently holds the W. M. Keck Chair as Professor of Energy at MIT. His research interests focus on creating and manipulating microporous and low-dimensional solids with molecular precision for applications in various energy efficiency and environmental challenges. These include, but are not limited to: electrical energy storage and conversion, heterogeneous catalysis, fresh water harvesting, efficient air conditioning, and photophysical processes. He has been named to the world’s most cited Chemists list annually since 2014 and has received a number of awards, most prominently the Alan T. Waterman Award (2016), the ACS Award in Pure Chemistry (2018), and the Blavatnik National Award in Chemistry (2021).

Stephen HILTON

Dr. Stephen Hilton is an Associate Professor at UCL School of Pharmacy. Dr Hilton’s diverse research interests range from medicinal chemistry, scale-up synthesis and new technology with an emphasis on the applications of 3D printing and Virtual Reality in Synthetic Chemistry and Pharmaceutical applications. Dr Stephen Hilton is the Inventor of the IKA FLOW – continuous flow reactor, which is partnered and sold by IKA. The IKA FLOW features unique 3D printed reactors at its core that were developed in the Hilton group and the group’s current focus is on the application of 3D printing towards new continuous flow technology, catalysis, methodology and linking of the technology to Virtual Reality.

Veronica LATTANZIO

Chemist. Senior Researcher at the Institute of Sciences of Food Production, of the National Research Council of Italy. Coordinator of the H2020 project “FOODSAFETY4EU: Multi-Stakeholder platform for Food Safety in Europe” (https://foodsafety4.eu/), and then of the “EU FOOD SAFETY PLATFORM”. Her main research topics are i) development and validation of analytical methods for mycotoxin and pesticides detection either based on mass spectrometry techniques and immunoassays, including organization of collaborative trials, ii) approaches and methodologies for the co-creation of input for R&I agendas and policies in the food safety/sustainability domain. She is Member of the Working Group “Biotoxins” (CEN/TC 275 WG5 “Food Analysis – Horizontal Methods – Biotoxins), of the European Committee for Standardization.  She collaborates with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as Expert to provide individual and collective training related to testing chemical contamination for food safety. She also has specific expertise in identification, structural characterization and determination of mycotoxin metabolites and modified mycotoxins, study of fate of mycotoxins during food processing, identification and characterization of biomarkers for the evaluation of animal and human exposure to mycotoxins. Experience in communicating scientific topics and leading multi-actor scientific working groups (round tables, social workshops).

Key words: Food Contaminants, Food Safety, Food Law, Mycotoxins, Pesticides, Risk Assessment, Risk Communication, Standard/Official methods, Liquid Chromatography – Mass Spectrometry, Screening methods, Analytical Chemistry Website

Maria De Fatima Grilo Da Costa MONTEMOR

M.F. Montemor http://orcid.org/0000-0001-7835-6814 is Full Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico, Department of Chemical Engineering.

From 2008 to 2017, she was the Deputy Director for International Affairs at IST, and from 2017 to 2023, she served on IST’s Executive Board. She was also Vice President for Academic Affairs (2017-2019) and Vice President for Research and International Affairs (2020-2023) at IST. Currently, she is an active member of various Advisory Boards in public and private organizations. Presently M.F. Montemor is the President of the Scientific Council of IST-ID, the non-profit organization managing 18 research units and 5 Associated Laboratories of Técnico. She is co-founder of the company “Charge2C-NewCap” that fabricates supercapacitors.

Her scientific activity focusses on new functional coatings for surface protection and for energy storage. She coordinates the Electrochemical Energy Storage research hub and a master program in Energy storage. She is co-author of 20 book chapters and above 300 scientific papers. Her h index is 72. She has been awarded with the EFC medal and has received a Doctor Honoris Causa Degree by University of Mons. Leading a scientific team of approximately 20 researchers, including PhD students, postdocs and young researchers, she fosters a creative research environment conducive to cutting-edge research and innovation that addresses synergies between materials engineering  research and industry needs.

Elena Cristina RADA

prof.q. dr. eng. Elena Cristina Rada

Graduated in Environmental Engineering in 2002 in the Polytechnic University of Bucharest (energy and economics specialisation). Since 2005 she got three PhD titles from Italian and Rumanian universities: a PhD in Environmental Engineering, a PhD in Energy Engineering and a PhD in Engineering and Management. In 2013, she got the Italian National Qualification to function as Associate Professor in the sector of Environmental and Sanitary engineering, confirmed in 2018 and valid until 2027. In 2023, she got the Italian National Qualification to function as Full Professor in the same sector, valid until 2034. In 2016, she received the Eminent Scientist Medal from the Wessex Institute of Technology. Member of tens of scientific committees of international conferences, she is Author of co-Author of more than 300 articles in conferences and journals (more than 240 articles are indexed in the SCOPUS® database, giving an H index =39). Editor of many Special Issues on International Journals with high and medium Impact Factor of Elsevier and MDPI publishers. Presently she is senior researcher in the University of Insubria, Italy. Recently she was ranked in the top 2% scientists list of the World Ranking published by Stanford University (the last four years). Expert of national and international environmental projects, her main research topics concern: waste and wastewater treatment and management, environmental sustainability, circular economy, health impact, air pollution and treatment, Life Cycle Aanalysis.

Walter R. Stahel

Founder-Director, The Product-Life Institute, Geneva Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Dr. h.c.mult. Walter R. Stahel (born June 5, 1946) is a Swiss architect, graduating from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich in 1971.He was established in Geneva in 1983 as Europe’s oldest consultancy focused on sustainable strategies and policies. He holds an MA in architecture from ETH Zurich (1971) and is a Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey. As a full member of the Club of Rome and a former member of the Coordination Group of the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform, Stahel has significantly contributed to the advancement of the circular economy. His work includes serving on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Institute CRETUS at Universidade de Santiago de Compostela and the Scientific Foresight Board of the Circular Economy Alliance. A prolific author, keynote speaker, researcher, and mentor, Stahel is dedicated to promoting the opportunities of a circular industrial economy and the concept of a performance economy, which involves selling goods and molecules as a service. Stahel’s accolades include honorary doctorates from the University of Surrey (2013) and l’Université de Montréal (2016), the Mitchell Prize in Houston, TX (1982, ‘The Product-Life Factor’), and the first prize in the German Future’s Society’s competition (1978, ‘Unemployment, Occupation, and Profession’). Notable publications include “Jobs for Tomorrow” (1976/1981), “The Performance Economy” (2010), and “The Circular Economy – a user’s guide” (2019). His extensive work continues to influence and inspire the field of sustainable development and circular economy.

Maria VASILE

Maria VASILE was born in Romania where she completed her undergraduate studies in Food Science at Dunarea University of Galati. She then moved in Italy for her master’s degree in Agro-Alimentary at Perugia University, after which she obtained her Ph.D. in Food Biotechnology from the University of Bologna.

At the beginning Maria worked in the pharmaceutical field – prevention of non-communicable diseases and in 2015 she moved to Brussels to work at the European Parliament and further European Commission, where over the years she has held various positions working on the interface between science and policy in areas such as food and nutrition security; health promotion and disease prevention, urban health, responsible research and innovation, and multifactor and public engagement in science. Maria is now scientific project Adviser in the EU4Health Unit, Health and Digital Executive Agency, European commission, where she has been contributing to the EU4Health program regarding NCDs (non-communicable diseases).

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NanoBioMat 2023 – Winter Session

Marius Andruh

Marius Andruh is Full member of the Romanian Academy; Vice-president of the Romanian Academy; Professor and professor emeritus at the University of Bucharest; Chemical Sciences Section President; Director of the Institute of Organic and Supramolecular Chemistry “C. D. Nenițescu” of the Romanian Academy; Associate professor at: Université du Québec à Montréal. He collaborated with universities in Europe and South America; Visiting professor: University of Bordeaux and Institut Universitaire de France, University of Göttingen, University of Brno, University of Angers, “Pierre et Marie Curie” University of Paris, University of Jena, University of Manchester, “Paul Sabatier” University, Toulouse, “Louis Pasteur” University of Strasbourg, University of Valencia; Unversidade Federal Fluminense Niteroi/Rio de Janeiro, University of Bordeaux and President of the Central Commission of the National Chemistry Olympiad and coordinator of the Olympic team.

Research directions: Metallosupramolecular chemistry; crystal engineering, Molecular magnetism, Complex heteropolynuclear combinations (3d-3d’, 3d-4d, 3d-5d; 3d-4f), Molecular and supramolecular systems with three different spin carriers, Luminescent molecular materials

Scientific research

The work includes over 300 publications; over 10,000 citations; index h = 50 (WoS); 52 (Scopus), 54 (Google Scholar). He is a co-author of middle school and high school chemistry textbooks.

Books: “Complex polynuclear combinations and their applications”, in collaboration with M. Brezeanu, L. Patron, “Chemistry of metals”, in collaboration with M. Brezeanu, E. Cristurean, A. Antoniu, D. Marinescu, “The Shape of Inorganic Molecules – An Introduction to Inorganic Stereochemistry”, in collaboration with C.I. Lepădatu, “History of Romanian chemistry”, in collaboration with Petre T. Frangopol, Elisabeta Amăriuței, Angela Anca Athanasiu all published at Romanian Academy Publishing House

International conferences: European Conference on Molecular Magnetism (Tomar, Wroclaw, Paris, Karlsruhe, Zaragoza, Florence,); International Conference on Molecular Magnetism (Florence);  Winter School on Coordination Chemistry (Karpacz, Poland), European Materials Research Society – Symposium Design, characterization and modeling of molecule-based magnetic materials (Strasbourg).

Chairman of the 6th European Conference on Molecular Magnetism (Bucharest).

He has presented more than 120 lectures, plenary lectures and invited seminars at international scientific conferences in 50 countries.

Editorial activity: Member of the editorial board of the journals: “Journal of Coordination Chemistry”, “Magnetochemistry”, “ChemistrySelect”, “Inorganica Chimica Acta”, “Inorganics”, “Chemistry”, “Chemistry Journal of Moldova”.

Editor-in-Chief at “Revue Roumaine de Chimie”Doctor Honoris Causa: Western University of Timisoara, “Babeș-Bolyai” University from Cluj-Napoca, University of Angers, France, State University of Moldova, Chisinau, University Politehnica of Bucharest.

Simion Astilean

Simion Astilean, CM of Romanian Academy,Professor Emeritus at the Faculty of Physics, Director of Nanobiophotonics and Laser Microspectroscopy Center at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on BioNanoScience at Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

His current research is focused on the fabrication of multifunctional nano-platforms based on plasmonic and hybrid nanoparticles conjugated with (bio)polymers, graphene, molecules and proteins for applications in nanomedicine, i.e. theranostics, cell imaging, drug-delivery, biosensing and design of new targeted fluorescent imaging nanoprobes for near-infrared (NIR) real-time image-guided surgery of ovarian cancer.

The results of his research activity have been published to date (September, 2023) in over 250 scientific publications in the area of plasmonics, nanobiophotonics and heathcare nanomaterials,  in internationally indexed ISI journals which collected over 6500 citations (excluding self-citations) in Web of Science (Hirsch factor 42), presented at over 100 communications at scientific conferences, including 33 international invited/plenary conferences, and included in a book published by Springer Verlag and 5 chapters published in international books. He was a co-editor of special volumes in J. Mol. Structure (2013) and J. of Nanotechnology (2012) and co-organizer of several international conferences. The scientific results have been featured on the covers of journals, disseminated in the media, and presented in highlights on the websites of the journals.

In 2020 and 2021, he was included in the list of the top 2% most cited scientists in the world in his field of research (World’s Ranking of 2% most cited Top Scientists, Stanford Univ. and Elsevier by Scopus). In 2023, he was a finalist and winner in the category “Experienced Researchers. Research Team” at the first edition of the Romanian Research Gala (January 31, 2023).

Jose Manuel García Fernández

Jose Manuel García Fernández received his Doctor in Chemistry degree from the University of Seville (Spain) in 1988. Between 1990 and 1995 he pursued postdoctoral research at the Centre d’Etudes de Grenoble, working in the field of carbohydrate molecular and supramolecular chemistry. In 1996 he joined the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) at the Institute for Chemical Research (IIQ; CSIC – University of Seville), where he promoted to Research Professor in 2006 and served as Director since 2009 to 2017. In 2018 he was the CSIC National Coordinator for Chemistry and Chemical Technologies. He has been a member of the LIFE and CHEM panels for evaluation of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowships of the European Union for the last 15 years and has been Invited Professor at the University of Amiens (France) during several academic courses. He has co-authored about 280 scientific articles, is co-inventor of 44 patents (20 licensed and four with license options), has founded 1 spin-off company, has supervised 23 PhD Thesis and has delivered plenary and invited lectures in International, European and National Symposia in Carbohydrate Chemistry, Cyclodextrin Chemistry, Macromolecular Chemistry and Biological Chemistry, including the International Carbohydrate Symposium and the Gordon’s Conference on Carbohydrates.

Current targets of the laboratory include the design of self-assembled glycocarriers for drug and gene delivery, with a focus on cyclodextrins, the development of glycodrugs targeting defective carbohydrate processing enzymes and immune response mediators, and the investigation of the mechanisms underlining carbohydrate-protein interactions.

Fergal J. O’Brien

Fergal O’Brien is Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation, Professor of Bioengineering & Regenerative Medicine and Head of the Tissue Engineering Research Group in RCSI. He is a leading innovator in the development of advanced biomaterials for tissue repair with target applications in bone, cartilage, cardiovascular, ocular, respiratory and neural tissues. A major focus of ongoing research is to functionalise these scaffolds for use as delivery systems for biomolecules with a particular interest in the delivery of gene therapeutics to promote enhanced tissue repair. Since his faculty appointment, he has published over 300 journal articles and supervised over 50 doctoral students to completion and translated a number of regenerative technologies for bone and cartilage repair to the clinic through spin-out formation and licensing to industry. He is a recipient of numerous prestigious awards including a €3million Advanced Grant from the European Research Council, Membership of the Royal Irish Academy and the 2023 Marshall R. Urist, MD Award from the Orthopaedic Research Society for his sustained contribution to musculoskeletal research.

António Torres Marques

António Torres Marques has a Ph.D in Composite Materials from the Cranfield Institute of Technology (UK), 1981. Since February 2002, is Full Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto, Portugal, being Emeritus Professor of University of Porto, since 22nd March 2021.

His areas of interest are Polymeric and Composite Materials including nanomagnetic composites and Biomechanics. He has been responsible for several national and international projects. He has been supervisor/co-supervisor of more than 25 PhD theses. He is co-author of 5 patents and published more than 360 papers in International Conferences and more than 180 in International Scientific Journals. Published, also as co-author, 14 chapters of books, being coeditor of 4 books.

Is member of LAETA – Associated Laboratory for Energy, Transports and Aeronautics

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Dan Cristian VODNAR

Dan Vodnar, Prof. dr. University of Agriculture Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Cluj-Napoca, field: Food Sciences.

The research is mainly focused on the field of bioeconomy with the final aim of increasing awareness about waste fermentations for health (biomolecules), economy, and environment (more than 15 years of fermentation experience in the laboratory).

The research directions established within Dan’s research group are: (i) 1. Bioconversion of waste into valuable organic chemicals, (ii) Microalgae and Probiotic biomass production, (iii) Active packaging and edible film formulation.

Since 2019, ELSEVIER BV and Stanford University have consistently recognized Dan in the annual World Ranking of Top 2% Scientists in Food Science and, since 2022, in the World Ranking of Top 2% Scientists- Opera Omnia. Furthermore, in 2022, he was elected as a member of the esteemed Academia Europaea.

Moreover, the achievements also include a list of patents (5). He received significant international recognition in the field. In 2014, he was honored with the “Danubius Young Scientist Award” in Vienna, Austria. In 2015, I was selected as a semi-finalist at the European Social Innovation Competition, competing against 1,408 European applicants. In 2018, he was recognized as one of the “JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons.” In 2014, Foreign Policy Romania nominated him in the Top 100 “Romanian Peoples“. He received the Technology and Innovation Award from the Aspen Institute Romania in 2015; in 2022, he received the Traian Savulescu Award from the Romanian Academy—scientometric indicators: H-index 42 (WoS); 242 publications.

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NanoBioMat 2023 – Summer Session

Mohd Mustafa Al Bakri Abdullah

Mohd Mustafa Al Bakri Abdullah, currently he is Professor at Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) and Dean for Faculty of Chemical Engineering & Technology. Area of expertise are concrete processing and testing, geopolymer concrete, green concrete, composite, ceramic, and polymeric concrete. Between 2005 and April 2021, he was appointed several positions such as College Principal, Deputy Dean (Students Affair), Dean (Centre of Diploma Studies, Director (Research Management Centre) and the highest position is an Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research & Innovation) starting 2020 until May 2021. He was awarded Top Research Malaysia (TRMS) in 2013 and received several awards from international and national organizations based on his geopolymer research. Now he is one of the specialists in the geopolymer field and established Center of Excellence Geopolymer & Green Technology (CEGeoGTech), UniMAP the only geopolymer center in ASEAN. This center is number one in ther world for geopolymers based on publications. He also has research funding and collaboration with King AbdulAziz City Science & Technoloy (KACST) Saudi Arabia, European Commission, University of Plymouth UK, Liverpool John Moores University UK and also with few more universities from Greece, Poland, Romania and Indonesia. His achievements include more than 725 journal publications based on Scopus Database (with 41 h-index), and more than 35 books and 40 patents of his research product. He has appointed as Visiting professor at Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA) Malaysia and Universitas Ubudiyah Indonesia. Also appopinted as Research Advisor to State University of Makassar Indonesia and Associate Researcher in Technical University of Iasi (TUIASI) & Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania and University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy (UCTM), Bulgaria.

Octavian Bucur

Scientific Researcher I / Group Leader, Victor Babes National Institute of Pathology; Associate Investigator, Leader of Pathology Innovations and Biobank, Viron Molecular Medicine Institute, Boston, MA, USA. MD, PhD trained in Molecular Pathology, Molecular Oncology, Biomedical Technology Development. Expertise in Biobank initiation and development. MD from Carol Davila University, Bucharest; PhD in Biochemistry/Biology from Romanian Academy with work and training performed at Harvard Medical School/BIDMC.

Over a decade of training and research at Harvard Medical School: Postdoctoral Fellow at BIDMC & Harvard Medical School (with Prof. Andrew Beck), Instructor in Pathology, Harvard Medical School (2017-2018); Associate Member, Wyss Institute of Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard (2014-2015), Associate Member of the Ludwig Cancer Center at Harvard University, Boston, MA (2016-2018), Affiliate Member of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard on Genomics, Boston, MA (2016-2018).

Dr. Octavian Bucur has made impactful contributions in several research areas, being one of the main developers of Expansion Pathology (Nature Biotechnology 2017, shared first author (in the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric), Nature Protocols 2020; 3 patents). This method extends the current resolution limit (250 nm) of the optical microscopes to 70 nm, enabling visualization of smaller nanoscopic structures with inexpensive optical microscopy in preserved tissue specimens, after physical tissue expansion. Expansion-related technologies have tremendous implications in several biomedical fields, including diagnostic pathology, neuroscience and molecular medicine.

Dr. Octavian Bucur was a collaborator in Richard Terry’s group within Prof. George Church’s laboratory at the Wyss Institute at Harvard, working on the development of the Fluorescence in Situ Sequencing (FISSEQ) technology.

Among the honors and awards received over the years are: Recognition of Outstanding Achievement in Translational and Basic Science Research from the Harvard Medical School Pathology Department; ranked 1st out of >100 – Best Scientific Presentation Award (2017, Harvard Medical School Pathology Retreat of MGH, BIDMC, BWH, DFCI, Children’s Hospital Boston); The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)-Millennium Pharmaceuticals Award (2015, Philadelphia, PA; received by < 10% of applicants), IUBMB Travel Fellowship (2010, Melbourne, Australia), The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)-Aflac Award (2008, San Diego, CA; received by < 10% of applicants); Lady Tata Memorial Trust International Award for Leukemia Research (2007, London, UK); European Union – Leonardo da Vinci Research Award (2004, Magdeburg, Germany); Invited Keynote Speaker/Special Lectures (conferences in San Francisco, Chicago, London (UK), Bucharest  (Romania), BIDMC, Harvard Medical School – Boston, Wayne State University – Detroit, Carol Davila University, Romania); Chair of the Scientific Selection Committee for the RALI’s Grand Rounds competition, Research Assistant Learning Initiative, Boston (2017-2018); Invited Judge for many undergraduate/graduate research competitions; International grant evaluator.

Dr. Octavian Bucur is a Co-Founder and was the first CEO of Viron Therapeutics, Boston, MA, successfully leading it to its first investments. He gained significant expertise in bringing an idea from bench to market (idea –> articles and patents –> startup –> first investments). 

Dr. Octavian Bucur is the Editor in Chief of the journal Discoveries (PubMed and PMC indexed in 2019/09): https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/journals/3713/

Ridha Djellabi

Ridha Djellabi is a researcher in the field of environmental remediation and energy production with international experience in different countries including Algeria, Italy, Portugal, China and Spain. Ridha received his PhD from Badji-Mokhtar University (Annaba, Algeria) in Analytical Chemistry and Environment in collaboration with ISMER Lab (University of Milan, Italy). On September-2015, Ridha moved to Portugal to carry out a postdoctoral research at LSRE-University of Porto, Portugal within Erasmus program. After that, Ridha joined REDOX group-Research centre for eco- environmental sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences (Beijing, China) and Shenzhen University (Shenzhen, China). On Oct-2020, Ridha joined ISMER group University of Milan (Italy). Currently, Ridha is a researcher at Department of Chemical Engineering ETSEQ, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona (Spain), since the first of June-2022 as he won Maria Zambrano Grants-2021 for international talents in Spain. Ridha does research about solar materials design for photocatalytic and photothermal applications. Ridha has published more than 100 publications. He run several special issues and he is associate editor at Frontiers. Ridha participated in several international projects. He is invited lecture at China University of Mining and Technology, Beijing (China) to teach fundamentals and research topics within the field of environmental remediation and smart solar materials design.  He taught also several subjects such as analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, general chemistry and photocatalysis for environmental remediation.   ORCID: 0000-0002-1475-5565.

Jin Hyung Lee

Jin Hyung Lee received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degree in Environmental Science and Engineering from Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, gwangju, Rep. Korea in the year 2003 and 2007, respectively. He was a visiting scientist in AgriLife Research Center in Texas A&M University (2022-2023), Pacific Northwest National Lab(2005) and the University of California at Riverside(2004). He has worked in the Korea Institute of Ceramic Engineering and Technology (KICET) since 2009. He is serving as an Editor in Energies (IF=3.34) and editorial board member of Water Energy NEXUS journal. He is also a director of general affairs in Korea Biofuels forum. His research interests include biomass fractionation and pretreatment for its valorizations such as value-added material, bioenergy, bioplastic production.

Anca Mazare

Anca Mazare received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Politechnica University of Bucharest, Romania, in 2012 under the supervision of Prof. Demetrescu. She then joined the group of Prof. Schmuki at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU), Germany, in 2012 as a postdoctoral fellow and was a visiting associate professor to AIMR, Tohoku University, Japan, for 13 months between September 2021 to January 2023. Currently, she is also pursuing her habilitation under the supervision of Prof. Schmuki. Her research field comprises oxide nanomaterials and their nanostructuring, composite materials of different oxides, oxide modification with organic materials, biomaterials, energy conversion, photocatalysis, and surface analytics (XPS, SEM, ToF-SIMS, AFM, electrochemical characterization). She is an active reviewer, has published over 80 papers in international journals, has an h-index of 31, and has numerous oral presentations/invited talks at international conferences. Her research interests include nanomaterials, nanostructuring, nanomanufacturing, biomaterials, functional biomaterials, semiconductors, photocatalysis, electrocatalysis, X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy,  surface analysis techniques, single-atom, and energy conversion.

Sami Rtimi

Sami Rtimi has 15 years of experience in academia and Industry, He is an expert in responsive materials for environmental remediation and sustainability. is a microbiologist with a strong background in photochemistry and materials engineering. He was awarded a PhD in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL, Switzerland) and a Doctorate in Biological Sciences (environmental microbiology). He is investigating novel materials for microbial inactivation and emergent pollutants degradation. He is an expert in coupling semiconductor nanostructures to degrade microbial and chemical pollutants at the solid-air and solid-water interfaces. He published several articles in peer-reviewed journals, patents, numerous book chapters, and presented communications at international meetings. He was invited to the University of Rennes (France), Russian Academy of Science (Russian Federation), University of Milano (Italy), Techno-pole Borj-Cedria (Tunisia), Jyothy Institute of Technology (Bengaluru, India) and other universities. Sami is a reviewer for international peer reviewed journals, editor (books and journals) and guest-edited some special issues. Dr. Rtimi won the Outstanding research award in Photocatalysis (2018) and the Research Award on New Science Inventions (2021). He is also an international grants reviewer for many countries (Switzerland, Spain, Canada, Greece, Qatar, Latvia, Cyprus, Saudi Arabia, Ireland…). Since 2019, he has been Director of Innovation and Technology at the Global Institute for Water, Environment and Health (Geneva, Switzerland). Concomitantly, he is actively serving as European Climate Pact Ambassador. He launched three start-ups and won grants, seed money, VCs, and prizes. He is continuously solicited as an innovation advisor for many hubs and a change-maker in sustainability.

Serguei Savilov

Prof. Savilov received his Ph.D. degree in inorganic chemistry in 2004 at Chemistry Department of M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University for studying of metal-metal bonds in crystals with the use of new approaches to crystal structure determination for modulated inorganic compounds as well as quantum chemical calculations. Doctor habilitatus degree in Physical Chemistry for the development of Physico-Chemical Basics of Pyrolitic Synthesis and Fictionalization of Carbon Nanostructures.

Experienced teacher and researcher for over a two decades in Chemistry Department of MSU (lectures and seminars on Physical Methods in Chemistry, student’s practice on scientific equipment), Professor in Physical Chemistry. He is also a Leading Researcher in A.V. Topchiev Institute of Petrochemical Synthesis and Senior Researcher in N.S. Kournakov Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry of Russian Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Serguei Savilov has made impactful contributions in several research areas, such as physical chemistry, inorganic synthesis, electrochemistry, materials science and scientific equipment engineering. His research group succeeded in development of synthetic routes and characterization techniques for carbon nanostructures (nanotubes, graphenes, quantum dots) and high-voltage ionic liquids, new effective graphene-based lubricants, amorphous carbon dioxides derivatives, mechanism of non-photochemical stratospheric ozone depletion.

Among the honors and awards received over the years are: Chevron company annual award (2000), DuPont company annual award (2003), EURECA Gold Medal (2007), Russian Science Support Award (2007, 2008), 1st Russian NanoForum award (2009), MSU scientific researches award (2014-2022). Dr. Serguei Savilov developed and scaled technologies of carbon nanomaterials, amorphous silica and coal production from the rice husk, successfully launched industrial production lines for them. He gained significant expertise in bringing an idea from bench to market (idea –> articles and patents –> startup –> first investments).

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NanoBioMat 2022 – Winter Session

Thomas J. Webster

Thomas J. Webster’s (H index: 111; Google Scholar) degrees are in chemical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh (B.S., 1995; USA) and in biomedical engineering from RPI (Ph.D., 2000; USA). He has served as a professor at Purdue (2000-2005), Brown (2005-2012), and Northeastern (2012-2021; serving as Chemical Engineering Department Chair from 2012 – 2019) Universities and has formed over a dozen companies who have numerous FDA approved medical products currently improving human health.  Dr. Webster has numerous awards including: 2020, World Top 2% Scientist by Citations (PLOS); 2020, SCOPUS Highly Cited Research (Top 1% Materials Science and Mixed Fields); 2021, Clarivate Top 0.1% Most Influential Researchers (Pharmacology and Toxicology); and is a fellow of over 8 societies.

Christophe Eglès

Christophe Eglès, is, since 2022 in charge of the Chair “Heterogeneous Bioinspired Macromolecular Supports Applied to Tissue Regeneration “ at Université de Rouen Normandie, working at the CNRS Unit 6270 (PBS: Polymères, Biopolymères et Surfaces) in the Normandie region. Christophe Egles earned his B.S. in Biochemistry and his Ph.D. in Neurobiology at the University Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg, France. From 2001 to 2004, he served as Associate Professor at the University Louis Pasteur, School of Dentistry where he studied the biomedical applications of biomaterials modifying cell/support interface. From 2005 to 2010 he joined Tufts University in the Division of Cancer Biology and Tissue Engineering as an Assistant Professor and served as the Associate Director of the Center for Integrated Tissue Engineering. In 2010, he was tenured Professor at Université de Technologie de Compiègne, (France). He is an expert of tridimensional culture systems for Regenerative Medicine. His research focuses on the use of additive manufacturing techniques for the creation of new types of biomaterials, as well as new biofunctionalized artificial matrices for the reparation of central nervous system.

Marius Stan

Dr. Marius Stan is a scientist and an author in Chicago, U.S.A. He holds a B.S. in Physics from University of Bucharest and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Romanian Academy. In 2018 he was awarded the title of Doctor Honoris Causa by the Politehnica University of Bucharest. Until 2021, Dr. Stan was a Senior Scientist and Leader of Intelligent Materials Design in the Applied Materials Division at Argonne National Laboratory and a Senior Fellow at University of Chicago and Northwestern University. Dr. Stan and his group used artificial intelligence (AI) and high-performance, multi-scale computer simulations to understand and predict physical and chemical properties of complex systems for energy production (nuclear fuels and reactor materials), energy storage (batteries), electronics (computer memory) and national security applications. The group also used AI to optimize complex manufacturing processes such as 3-D printing and flame spray pyrolysis. Dr. Stan has extensively published in the scientific literature, holds several patents, and is currently writing a book on human and artificial intelligence. Marius Stan has also published short stories, poetry and essays in Romanian and English. He is currently working on a novel and a second collection of short stories.

Bárbara Socas-Rodríguez

Dr. Bárbara Socas-Rodríguez has participated in several international and national research projects related to the application of sustainable procedures for the analysis of organic compounds un agri-food and environmental matrices. She carried out her PhD at the University of La Laguna focused on the development of new methodologies for the evaluation of estrogenic compounds in food and environmental samples. After that, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Green Technology Group (GTG) at the University of Lund, where she carried out the development of new methodologies for the determination of vitamin D and its metabolites in biological samples using supercritical fluids and mass spectrometry. Then she joined the Laboratory of Foodomics (CIAL, CSIC) working in the safety evaluation of valorised food by-products. Currently she is working as Assistant Professor at the ULL and participates in different projects carrying out the evaluation of pesticides and plastic migrants in food and environmental matrices using green analytical techniques.

Jakub Dalibor Rybka

Jakub Dalibor Rybka, professor at the University of Adam Mickiewicz (www.amu.edu.pl) in Poznań, associated with this university since 2013. He completed his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral studies at the Universitat fur Bodenkultur Wien (www.boku.ac.at) in Austria. After several years of work for the Adam Mickiewicz University, the habilitation procedure was completed at the Faculty of Biology of the Adam Mickiewicz University. He is the Vice-Director of Center of Advanced Technology (CAT AMU), and Head of Laboratory of Applied Biotechnology (www.lab.amu.edu.pl) of CAT AMU.
The mission of LAB CAT AMU is to venture beyond the boundaries of basic science and bridge academic discoveries with real-life applications. LAB strives to establish meaningful partnerships with both scientific and industrial entities to drive innovation in biotechnology. Scientifically, group of prof. Rybka deal with the use of nanomaterials in biotechnology and biomedical engineering (especially with 3D bioprinting).

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Serguei Savilov

 Serguei Savilov was born in 1978, Soviet Union. In 2000 he graduated from Chemistry Department of M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, where got Ph.D. in 2004. From 2000 – junior researcher, 2003 – scientific researcher, 2005 – senior research, 2013 – leading researcher, from 2020 – Head of Catalysis and Gas Electrochemistry Laboratory. He is also leading researcher in A.V. Topchiev Institute of Petrochemical Synthesis and N.S. Kournakov Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry of the  Russian Academy of Sciences. At 2018 he got the Dr. habil degree in Physical Chemistry. Savilov S.V. is a lecturer for “Instrumental Analysis in Chemistry” and head of Nanochemistry and Nanomaterials equipment center. He has got more than 260 articles with h-index of 25.